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St. Andrew Music Society Concerts

The Saint Andrew Music Society (SAMS) was founded by Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1965 to provide a setting for outstanding concerts in the favorable acoustics and warm atmosphere of our beautiful sanctuary.

We invite you to attend our Music on Madison series on Sunday afternoons from October through May featuring performances by guest artists and ensembles. Our resident choral society, the Saint Andrew Chorale, presents four additional major concerts with orchestras and instrumentalists, performing great sacred choral works throughout the season.

The Saint Andrew Music Society relies on the contributions of our "Friends of the Saint Andrew Music Society." Donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law, and donors are acknowledged in the major concert programs throughout the season.

Admission to most Music on Madison concerts is by suggested donation at the door. Tickets for the concerts sung by the Saint Andrew Chorale and Professional Choir of MAPC may be purchased in advance or at the door. Purchasing tickets in advance through a SAMS Choral Subscription offers a 25% savings off full admission. Individual tickets for the Saint Andrew Chorale’s Brahms Requiem on November 16; Elora Festival Singers on March 15; Professional Choir of MAPC on March 29; and the Saint Andrew Chorale and New York City Children’s Chorus on May 3, may also be purchased online by using a credit card.

Upcoming Concerts

“Mannes Sounds” Students from Mannes College, with guest organists Andrew Henderson & Dariusz Przybyliski As part of the annual city-wide festival, Mannes Sounds, featuring gifted students from Mannes College—The New School for Music, faculty and guest performers, the afternoon’s program will include Poulenc’s Sextet for Winds & Piano; Barber’s Variations on a Shape-Note Theme; and fascinating chamber and vocal works by three Polish composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: Chopin, Wieniawski, Szymanowski, and Dariusz Przybyliski. Admission is by suggested donation at the door: $20 ($15 - Students/62+); Children 12 & Under: free!
Music on Madison: Students from Mannes College
Sanctuary  •  October 19
Jorge Ávila, violin Andrew Henderson, organ Celebrating his 10th Season as MAPC’s Director of Music & Organist, Andrew Henderson will be joined by the Saint Andrew Orchestra’s brilliant concertmaster performing works for violin and organ. Hailed as a strong violinist by The New York Times, Honduran-born Jorge Ávila has won attention as an outstanding violinist through numerous appearances as a soloist, recitalist, concertmaster, and chamber musician. Their program will include solo and duo works, including works by Bach, Rheinberger, Kreisler, Bartók and Chris DeBlasio. Admission is by suggested donation at the door: $20 ($15 - Students/62+); Children 12 & Under: free!
Music on Madison: Jorge Avila, violin; Andrew Henderson, organ
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church  •  October 26
Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem, Op. 45 Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 Saint Andrew Chorale & Orchestra Katherine Wessinger, soprano; Helen Karloski, alto; Rod Gomez, bass Andrew Henderson, conductor The Saint Andrew Chorale and Orchestra will open their 50th Season with works by Johannes Brahms. Brahms began composing his Requiem in 1865, following the death of his mother, setting excerpts from scripture instead of the traditional Latin Requiem text. The resulting work for chorus, soprano and bass soloists, and a particularly large orchestra, is sacred in scope, but intended for concert use rather than for liturgical performance. The concert will open with a ravishing work for alto and men’s chorus, the Alto Rhapsody, featuring MAPC’s mezzo-soprano soloist, Helen Karloski. Tickets for this concert may be purchased in advance (see below). Consider taking advantage of the SAMS Choral Subscription option for admission to 4 choral concerts on November 16, March 15, March 29 & May 3 at discount! Tickets may also be purchased at the door (cash/check only) beginning at 2:15 pm on the day of the performance. A festive reception to mark the beginning of the Chorale’s 50th Season will follow the concert.
Saint Andrew Chorale & Orchestra: Brahms Requiem
Sanctuary  •  November 16

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